Neuropsychological evaluation

SERVICES FOR CHILDREN & ADOLESCENTS

Conducting a Neuropsychological Assessment

Parents often consult a neuropsychologist because their child present academic or behavioral difficulties. The assessment is often suggested by the teacher or the family physician. It allows to determine the cognitive functioning of the child, its intellectual profile, attention, executive functions, memory, reading, mathematics, visual-perceptual or visual-constructive abilities. Some emotional aspects are also discussed, such as the presence of depression, anxiety, opposition or aggression. Before starting the assessment, an initial interview is conducted with the parents. Subsequently, the child is met two to three times for a total of 4 to 6 hours of assessment, on average. The assessment is carried out using different standardized tests, which are similar to games or school tasks, which makes it possible to compare the child to his peers. Teachers, resource teachers or other professionals are sometimes contacted to find out about the child’s behavior and difficulties in the classroom. Then the neuropsychologist analyzes the results and writes the report. The parents are finally met for the presentation of the report, and recommendations are made. The recommendations may relate to functioning at home, school or daycare. The child will be able to benefit from different accommodations in class, if necessary

THE MOST FREQUENT NEUROPSYCHOLOGICAL DISORDERS

 

  • Attention deficit disorder with or without hyperactivity (ADD or ADHD)
  • Learning disability
  • dyspraxia
  • Autism Spectrum Disorder
  • Oppositional defiant disorder
  • Non Verbal Learning Disability
  • Intellectual disability
  • Intellectual giftedness

SERVICES FOR ADULTS

Conducting a Neuropsychological Assessment

Many adults are curious about their neuropsychological functioning. Some have long suspected the presence of a learning disability or attention deficit, but have never had a chance to verify it. Other individuals may have suffered head trauma (or concussion) or stroke and wish to know the possible sequelae. In addition, some adults have memory loss, language or attention difficulties and want to determine if they are of normal evolution.

Before starting the assessment, an initial interview is conducted with the client to identify relevant information at the medical, academic or professional level. Subsequently, the adult is met two to three times for a total of 4 to 6 hours of evaluation. The evaluation is carried out using standardized tests, which make it possible to compare the functioning of the individual to his peers.

Then the neuropsychologist analyzes the results and writes the report. The client is finally met to discuss the results and recommendations. Recommendations may apply to personal, professional or academic life.

THE MAIN CAUSES OF CONSULTATION IN NEUROPSYCHOLOGY

 

  • Attention deficit disorder with or without hyperactivity (ADD or ADHD)
  • Learning disability
  • Autism Spectrum Disorder
  • Traumatic Brain Injury
  • Stroke
  • Dementia (eg Alzheimer’s)
  • Intellectual disability
  • Intellectual giftedness